Publishing Your Poems (with Gail Thomas) - ONLINE
Whether you want to submit individual poems to journals or publish a complete manuscript, this workshop will give practical advice for presenting your best work. We'll explore how to find journals and presses that best fit your writing style, the importance of formatting, titles, and cover letters, poetry contests and the option of self-publishing. Publication involves risk-taking, so we'll also talk about dealing with rejection. Please bring five poems for the hands-on demonstration of how these might work as a manuscript.
Recommended for intermediate and advanced writers who are ready to send out a body of work. Please get in touch with us if you have questions as to whether you're ready for this class.
Request from Gail: Please be sure to "bring" five separate poems with you to the workshop. These will not be shared with others, but will be worked on during the class as part of a mini manuscript exercise.
WHEN: 3 Hours: Sunday, September 12 (1 - 4pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
GAIL THOMAS’ books are Odd Mercy, Waving Back, No Simple Wilderness, and Finding the Bear. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, The North American Review, Italian Americana, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She received the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press, the Massachusetts Center for the Book’s Must Read, and the Naugatuck River Review’s Narrative Poetry Prize. Thomas, a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross, is a working poet retired from Smith College. You may read more about her work at www.gailthomaspoet.com.
GOALS OF THIS CLASS
• Understand publishing options from small presses, journals, contests and self publishing.
• Learn practical aspects of sending out your work such as cover letters, formatting, titles, • • Placement, order and tracking.
• Gain confidence in submitting work and learning how to deal with rejection.
• Expand resources for finding appropriate places to publish your work.
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ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference 10 minutes before the start of the session, to help anyone with technical issues, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with this new format, though when the session begins, we will not be able to assist with technical difficulties.
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